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  1. Positive pregnancy test!!

    My husband and I have the ultimate whole 30 success story! The MAIN reason we even tried the whole 30 is because a friend of my younger sister's had been struggling with infertility for years and got pregnant immediately while she was on the whole 30 with no other fertility interventions. I'm 41, and my husband and I have been trying to conceive since last fall. In the past 8 months, I've been seeing an herbalist and acupuncturist, and cleaning up my diet in general (no dairy, no gluten, very little sugar). So my diet and health were already pretty sound. Then last month we did the whole 30, and two days ago we got a positive pregnancy test!! I'm THRILLED! At first, it kind of seemed like a shot in the dark, but my friend's success story inspired me to at least give it a try. Bingo!!! Not sure how exactly the Whole 30 provides such a fertility boost...I'd love to know more. I know it greatly reduces inflammation, but I think it is a hormone reset too? Anyway, we are so grateful!
  2. Hello everyone, I'm posting here to see what, if any, advice/ encouragement, I can get from other women who have completed a W30 during pregnancy. I started the W30 on April 24th and found out I was pregnant on April 25th. At this point, I should be right around 8 weeks. I have read many threads addressing morning sickness and food aversions, which were helpful, but I'm curious to know about how others felt over this time in regards to energy and mood. Fortunately, I feel I've gotten better at managing my blood sugar levels - eat first thing in the a.m./ before I leave the house, and eat small meals/ snacks throughout the day. Being as I'm now on Day 19, I was hoping I'd have some rush of energy or some hint of awesomeness. Sorry to say, but there is not a drop of tiger blood running through my body these days. Overall, my energy is average from waking until I get home from work. At that point, I just want to get in bed for a nap or lounge on the couch. I have no interest in cooking most nights, and doing so can put me in a bad mood. I just feel too drained to deal with it. As for my mood the past few days, I really feel more flat than anything. I'm not sad, not happy, just bleh. (All that I'm describing here is not my "normal". I generally had decent energy and mood was content-happy.) I really want to stick this through Day 30 and 10-day reintroduction, but I sometimes feel so defeated I just want to stop and start reintroducing. Or at least eat something besides protein, veggies, and fruit - even though I enjoy those foods (most of the time) and I know they're good for me. I did not have nausea/ food aversions with my first pregnancy, so this is completely new and different for me. I honestly don't know if my symptoms, i.e. mood and energy are W30-related or pregnancy-related, but I'm guessing the latter. I do have a supportive husband who is also doing the W30, and we have a 2.5 year old son. I just didn't think it would be this difficult this far in the game
  3. History first. I've done 2 whole 30's previously and have eaten mostly paleo for 4-5 years now. I'll never go back. Although it runs in my family, I've only struggled with eczema ever since having PUPPS with our daughter during pregnancy. It's a horrible itchy rash. I was able to help it with some liver-supporting supplements and other things. Then I developed a really bad eczema patch on both inner thighs about 6-7 months pp. Open skin, horrific itching, etc. That finally cleared up with some stress/lifestyle modifications and more/different supplements to support my thyroid and liver. A year or so later in the clear (for eczema, as long as I apply frankincense and other oils daily and eat gluten/dairy free), I wanted to do another W30 to start off my next expected pregnancy on the right foot. Two days after I ovulated, (and yes, got pregnant, eee!) a small patch of eczema showed up on my neck. The next 10 days it got worse and worse to where it was an open, oozing wound, seeming infected. I managed to get it under control a little and pinpointed that almonds/almond butter and bacon brings out the red, puffy, itchiness. Anyway, I'm almost done with the January whole 30. 2 weeks pregnant. My question is this, given my history, should I try to keep going until it clears? I'm really struggling this time around with giving up my swypo and missing out on many social situations because of needing to bring food, etc. I'm also worried that it won't clear.. and I won't be able to keep going as I head into nausea/morning sickness/food aversions in the next couple weeks. So I could keep going, but my attitude towards the program is poor right now because despite several NSV, it has made my eczema flare up horribly this and last time I did the W30. Pics are the first time I noticed it (day 15/16), 2 days later, and then about a week later. It has calmed since then a little. Thoughts please!
  4. Hey everyone, I really need some ideas on snacks. I'm 15 weeks pregnant and my doctor wants me to follow a Whole30ish eating plan for the remainder of my pregnancy due to the fact that eating this way is the only thing that keeps my histamine reactions at bay. I am currently struggling with getting enough calories and I know I need to eat between meals (I'm basically a zombie by 2pm). But my issue is that I'm at work all day and need to pack something both portable and easy to eat (I don't have a lot of time for eating when it's not lunch because I'm a mental health therapist and am seeing back to back clients all day.) But unfortunately I have some limitations. 1. I'm allergic to all nuts 2. I can't just eat fruit or veggies because they cause me morning sickness if I eat them alone, I need to pair protein with any carb I'm eating. Does anyone have any good ideas? Oh and also I hate hard boiled eggs.
  5. We are not doctors, and we will always defer to your pediatrician's recommendations. However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you know how important Mom's nutrition is to the baby's health and development, and we believe the diet that's healthiest for you is also going to be the healthiest for your baby. The more nutrition Mom receives from her diet, the more she is able to pass along to the little one – and there is no diet more nutritious than one that focuses on healthy protein and fat, vegetables, and fruits. Michele Blackwell, an OB/GYN in Houston, TX, agrees, saying: “I have personally experienced the benefits of the Whole30 program, and I wholeheartedly recommend the Whole30 plan to my patients to optimize a woman's health during pregnancy and lactation. The nutrient-dense foods recommended provide ample vitamins and minerals without the need for the standard prenatal supplement. Eating real food Whole9-style will also help regulate blood sugars, alleviating hypoglycemic spells common in pregnancy. In addition, the Whole30 will reduce the likelihood of gestational diabetes, excess pregnancy weight gain, and possibly macrosomia (large babies) and polyhydramnios (excess amniotic fluid).” -Michele Blackwell, M.D., F.A.C.O.G, Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology We've had many pregnant women and new moms attest to the benefits of the Whole30 for both the mother's health, and the child's. Most (if not all) have reported that milk supply actually improved during their program, and their babies were less fussy, slept better through the night and experienced less digestive issues and rashes.
  6. My doctor is recommending that I cook all of my beef to well done due to the risk of toxoplasmosis. Most information I find online says to avoid "undercooked or raw meat." I asked my doctor point blank if "undercooked" means medium cooked beef (pink in the middle, ~150 degree temp), and she responded that it's best to cook the meat until there is no blood and the juices are clear (i.e. well done). The idea of purchasing grass-fed beef and then cooking it well done is horrifying to me. Apart from the fact that well done steak tastes terrible, it's a complete waste of money to invest in good quality beef and then overcook it. What are others in this forum doing to deal with this? Is eating medium cooked beef (pink in the middle, ~150 degree temp) still dangerous even when it's grass-fed? Are you all burning your expensive grass-fed beef and choking it down for the sake of your baby?
  7. Hi everyone! For some background, I am doing my second Whole30. My last was a few years ago. Looking back, I can see some places I went wrong, but I lost no weight, which I found really discouraging. I ended up doing no reintro phase, just fell face first into pizza and cookies. This time around, I am 30 weeks pregnant, and am doing Whole30 because I really believe it's the best way to give myself and my baby the best nutrition possible. I have had some IBS symptoms for years and years and years, and I feel much better eating this way. However, we are also expats living in Papua New Guinea, and will be leaving soon and traveling to Australia for the birth of our baby. Dear friends are throwing me a girls overnight, which will include dinner, breakfast, and treats. Dinner will be gluten free, or at least is supposed to be according to the cooks. But I am sure I'll end up consuming some sugar, possibly soy, and some gluten and dairy are also a possibility. I value my friends, and am SO happy for this night and the effort they are going to in order for this time to happen, especially as we will be gone from our ex-pat community for 3 months. All that to say, this Whole 30 will end up being a Whole21. I plan to resume Whole30 eating as soon as I finish breakfast on the 22nd. That only leaves 24 days before we will be in Australia. I'm afraid it will be hard to do a proper reintro once we get there. To my question: Will I gain any reliable information from doing the 10 day reintro before we leave for Australia? This would mean 21 days of compliant eating, a few meals potentially uncompliant, then 12 compliant days before starting the reintro. OR, should I just consider every day of compliant eating a blessing, and worry about doing a proper reintro once things settle back down and I can get a full 30 days before reintroducing? To add, I understand that some people would choose to insist on eating Whole30 during the girls' night, and I understand why that would be ideal from a food elimination standpoint. But I'm not comfortable with that choice and feel like it's not something I could do, so I'm just trying to figure out the best system within those constraints.
  8. I can't share it with anyone else yet, but I'm 4.5 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby. I got a faint positive with the EPT test, and then retested the next morning with a Clear Blue test that says "Pregnant" or "Not Pregnant"...and it said "Pregnant"! Wahoo! I am already paleo- I don't eat grains, legumes, or vegetable oil/canola oil. I don't eat cheese, milk, or other dairy, but if there is a small amount in something I am not concerned. For instance, 85% dark chocolate. But on the whole 30 I am willing to give that up. I eat eggs & sweet potato for breakfast, homemade vegetable soup with added ground beef for lunch (a new batch with different veggies every couple weeks), and dinner is always based around chicken, turkey, or beef. Like meatballs, nuggets, etc with dip. I make kale chips or carrot fries to have on the side, or some other roasted veggies based on whats left over in the fridge. Then I love to have a green smoothie and a piece of fruit as a treat. I'm looking for tips for good times to start the whole 30 during pregnancy. Also I'm looking for advice on if there are whole 30 "cheats" for pregnant women besides getting to snack when hungry. I'm already taking Pure Encapsulations muti-vitamin with Vit. K. But I'm planning to order fermented cod liver oil, so I hope that arrives soon. Thanks! Amy
  9. It's Day 1 and I'm 17 weeks pregnant! This is my fourth Whole30, but first while pregnant. What are some differences I can expect? I've already gained more weight than I should've (15 lbs.. thanks holidays and cravings) and I'm not even half-way, so I'm hoping the W30 can help me slow down and put on a healthy amount of weight in a healthy way. What are y'all's experiences doing a W30 about halfway through pregnancy? What can I expect and prepare for?
  10. Hi! I have had 13 miscarriages and 2 children, 7yo, 2yo and I am 41 and just found out I am pregnant again. I am eating a W30 diet (day 3) though I have been doing a mostly Paleo eating plan for a while. I have sticky platelets and take 0.4 mg heparin daily by injection, as well as aspirin in low doses. I also get GD in later pregnancy, but by the time I get that far I am usually safe in terms of the baby. I successfully did paleo in my last pregnancy and controlled my Gestational Diabetes through diet alone. I am about 6/7 weeks pregnant, still breastfeeding my daughter, and have been exercising on the elliptical, walking, running and doing a crossfit type class. I am on blood thinners and worried about things like broccoli.. Would there be enough vit K to interfere with the blood thinners? I am a little overwhelmed by this and not sure how much carb I need to eat, considering the exercise (I will be doing non impact only now) Is there anyone else that has been through similar, or who may have some insight?
  11. Started January 1st

    Hey everyone! I'm Annie and I'm doing my 2nd Whole30, this time in preparation for a (hopefully) healthy recovery from c- section in April. I'm 5 months pregnant and FINALLY feeling like I can keep food down, so now it's time to get my Whole30 on! Good luck to everyone who has started Whole30 in 2016. I love how I feel when I'm on it, and my body loves its Food Freedom! Let's do this!
  12. Hi there two questions-- I am having snacks as I am 4.5 months pregnant....Does this mess the digestion that the Hartwigs talk about in the three meals a day? Secondly, they say only to have 20% protein, I dont want to go counting calories, but how do i know that i am getting enough carbs? Omelette + Navel Orange 15 pistachios- snack tuna on salad and lots of veggies - added carrots, pumpkin and sweet potato I am using some of the recipes from paleo leap and they dont have carbs at every meal (a fruit or tuber) is that an issue? How do others deal with this to make sure baby is ok?
  13. Hi everyone! I am 23 weeks pregnant (almost 6 months) and am starting my whole30 journey today! My husband is joining me for support but I was wondering if there were any other pregnant mamas out there who wanted to buddy up? I'm going to need all the support I can get to combat these crazy pregnancy hormones and cravings!
  14. ...... and I FINALLY feel like I'm back to myself! Pregnancy absolutely clobbered me. I was sick as a dog through the first tri, and the only things I could get past my lips and not immediately spew were english muffins and ginger ale. That's all I ate for three months! Ack! Not surprisingly, by the end of my pregnancy, I had gained a colossal 50lbs and was suffering from all kinds of inflammatory ailments, carpal tunnel, etc. After my baby was born in October, I was kinda shocked to see that the weight did not "magically" fall off. I know I can't weight myself until Day 31, but I'm sure I'm back down to my pre-preg weight, which is amazing. But all that aside, I also suffered from incredible, debilitating postpartum depression, from about 3 months pp until about 7 months, when it slowly started improving. This included awful intrusive thoughts, extreme mood swings, debilitating insomnia, and inexplicably crying. BUT! After I finished the sugar detox stage around day 4, I started feelilng awesome. I'm full of energy. Instead of wanting to ram people on the sidewalk who are slow-walking ahead of me, I'm all smiles and saying "hello" to random strangers. I feel fantastic. And I'm just barely halfway through!
  15. After more than a year of trying, my hubby and I found out we are expecting on Day 15 of my Whole30! I literally got pregnant on the first day or two of my Whole30! I'm now on day 19 and I'm feeling so good about the healthy choices I've been making since starting my Whole30, and feel that my body could not be more ready for all the work it's doing. I just want to be sure that I'm doing what's best for my little one. Has anyone else had a similar experience, and completed a Whole30 during the first trimester? Obviously, the raw eggs and prosciutto are out (good-bye Whole30 mayo, I miss you already), but are there any other changes I should be making to my Whole30? For instance, should I be upping my healthy fats and cutting back on a protein focused plate? Only 11 days to go and I'm determined to finish with and keep this little sprout growing strong! Thanks everyone!!
  16. Hi, everyone! I recently found out I'm pregnant, and I feel like now is a good time to jump into another Whole30! I'm only five weeks pregnant, and I realize that the pregnancy is still new and vulnerable. However, I feel the sooner I adopt healthy eating habits, the better! In general, my husband and I eat healthier than the average person, but we've really struggled with transitioning to a Paleo / Whole30 lifestyle. My husband and I have successfully completed two Whole30s, but we haven't truly adopted this way of eating for a lifetime, although we want to! I feel my best when I follow the Whole30 plan, along with an exercise regimen, and yet I can't seem to stick to what works. I fall back into the trend of eating junk, feeling tired, then skipping workouts and eating more junk because I'm tired. I'm really just looking to share motivation and encouragement! I know I can complete a Whole30 because I've done it before, but I really want to maintain this lifestyle afterward! I am excited about following the Whole30 / Paleo while pregnant, in order to keep my growing baby and myself as healthy as possible. I look forward to hearing from you! Erin
  17. Hi Ladies, I was hoping for some advice from anyone who has been through a similar situation to what I'm facing now. I have an 8 month old daughter and am having trouble recovering from pregnancy and her birth and thought Whole30 might help. I am on day 5 of my first Whole30, physically I feel really good and I can definitely feel that things are improving so I'm really determined to keep with the plan but mentally I'm falling apart. For the last two days I've been feeling very sad, crying a lot for no real reason and just feel like it's such an effort to get through the day. I didn't feel this way before beginning Whole30. I wondered whether anyone had any advice as to what I could do to help with this? I think it might be low blood sugar related but no matter what I eat I can't seem to shake it. I feel a little better after a meal but that doesn't last long. Thanks in advance for anyone who is able to help out.
  18. Help! I'm doing a whole30 at 24 weeks pregnant. And the heartburn is becoming intolerable. What can I take for it?? Tums have cornstartch in them...
  19. I'm 35 weeks pregnant and have been diagnosed with PUPPP, basically an itchy, red rash all over my stomach. In the last week it has spread to my arms as well. I'm beside myself with itchiness and I really don't want to take steroids to manage it if I can avoid them. I read on another forum that some women have had success managing their symptoms with an elimination diet, very similar to a Whole30. Has anyone here had any experience with PUPPP and a reduction in symptoms while Whole30'ing?
  20. I wanted to share this post because I looked everywhere for news just like this: I am currently on day 23 of my very first Whole 30, and just received a positive pregnancy test yesterday! It's still very early ( only 3 weeks) but I know that the Whole 30 had to have something to do with our success. We've been trying for about 7 months and my W30 month I ovulated almost a 3 days earlier and noticed some favorable symptoms. Admittedly I began W30 with the goal of pushing the reset button on my eating habits but for sure in the back of my mind I hoped it would help with our conception efforts. In fact my sister in law who is an OB/GYN was concerned that this eating change could be a detriment to our efforts and affect them negatively! But I trusted my gut and did it anyway. So glad I did! Maybe coincidence, but I think not. Best wishes in all of our endeavors!
  21. I don't know if I can make it another ten days. Morning sickness has hit today, I am crabby, and all I want is chocolate covered peanuts. I took a magnesium supplement and am hoping that helps. I am telling myself that chocolate really won't make me feel better and that it will make me more tired.
  22. I've done a few Whole 30s and have been mostly paleo over the past few years, with great results to my physical and mental health. This year, my husband and I decided to relocate closer to family, and in the process of uprooting our lives are taking the opportunity to do some traveling. We just got back from a two month road trip, during which I managed to stick to mostly paleo foods, with a few less healthy choices (such as wine, and the Best Cinnamon Roll Ever) and more of a snacking style of eating as opposed to 3 meals daily like I ate at home. Overall it went well, I felt good, and lost a few pounds which was great. A few weeks ago, I found out that I'm pregnant. I am now just over six weeks along, and nausea, food aversions, and exhaustion are in full effect. We are leaving for two months in South America in about three weeks, and in the meantime are house sitting for my in-laws. We are able to cook in their kitchen which is great, but the kitchen and fridge is full of their food, most of which I can't bear to look at at this point in time (this applies to food in general.) And, I am so, SO exhausted. So the current state of things is that I'm struggling to eat healthy. Yesterday, I had to - HAD TO - have pizza. It was the only food I wanted on a day when thinking about food had me struggling not to projectile vomit. This is in a relatively small town, so there aren't GF options that I could find. So I got a regular pizza and it was the first meal I've eaten in days that I didn't have to choke down. I guess I always thought that I'd somehow be able to get through pregnancy without falling off the wagon in dramatic fashion. Clearly, in hindsight, I didn't understand how strong food aversions really are. I've read Melissa's post on pregnancy and food aversions, which (along with the comments at the bottom) helps me to know that I'm not crazy and not the only person this has happened to, and also helpful tips like keeping a wide variety of foods around. Still, knowing that prior to the existence of pizza, women somehow made it through the first trimester without starving to death, I can't help but feel disappointed in myself for caving to the craving. I guess I just needed to vent. Advice welcome from those who have been through this...
  23. Pregnancy Prepping

    Hello! So this is my second Whole30 and I have to say I'm really excited! My first time around was amazing! I had postpartum thyroid issues and could not tolerate medications. So I was told about the Whole30 and decided to try it! It was a life saver!!! My body completely reset and I did not require any meds, my thyroid went back to normal! That was 2 years ago! I've fallen off the wagon here recently and we are getting ready for baby number 2. So I'm starting again today in hopes that I will have a stronger body this time around before, during and after pregnancy! This time around I'm doing this not just for my own health but also for the health of baby number 2!! Just wish I would have known about the Whole30 with number 1!! Anyone else looking to get pregnant or already pregnant?! I would love to hear any and all women out there going through the same thing!! Good Luck ladies!
  24. Question On using the carb curve while pregnant. I am newly pregnant, and about 20-30lbs overweight. I am following an overall lifting program along with 4 days of yoga. If I look at the carb curve I fall into the not necessary level, but I am wondering if that is different now that I am pregnant. I am so "afraid" of starchy carbs because I really don't want to gain a ton of weight, but don't want to burn out either. I would love any thoughts- thanks!!!!
  25. Doula's doing Whole30

    I've been at a birth for over 24 hours. This has been a huge challenge for Whole30, they have zero options at even the hospital cafeteria.